Union Minister of State (MoS) Anurag Thakur on Saturday asserted that Article 370 has “gone forever”, despite several statements made by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti that they would bring it back.
“Farooq Abdullah says he will seek China’s help. Mehbooba Mufti says she will take the help of Pakistan, the country that gave us terrorism. They say they will bring back Article 370, but I say Article 370 has gone forever and will never come back,” Mr Thakur said while speaking at a rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district, ahead of the sixth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) election today.
The Minister of State further said that voting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP will ensure education, employment and development in the union territory.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji will bring education, employment and development in Jammu and Kashmir. New IIMs and railway connectivity has been brought by Modi ji. The budget for the next five years will be made by the DDC representatives chosen by you. This strength has been given to you by Modi ji,” he said.
He added, “DDC members will make decisions about schools, electricity, and other development works. The people here want peace and harmony, freedom from the Abdullah-Mehbooba government.”
He further asked people to compare their children with the children of Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, saying that while the leaders ensured education and development for their own children, they compelled the children of the poor to take up arms.
Source: Hindustan Times